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Dec 15, 2021. Thousands of sermons are being preached during this advent season about Jesus’ coming, and I’m sure they will be filled with many stirring insights. I wish I could hear them all – Oh how I love the Christmas message. But there is one portion of the incarnation story that tends to get[…]

Dec 8, 2021 The term ‘shepherding’ has suffered some negative press over the years. Some have equated it with controlling the details of peoples lives, and that has created push-back. Others have perceived it as one of the ministry gifts that isn’t very effective in leading a growing church, and that too has created push-back.[…]

Dec 1, 2021. Most leaders entered the ministry imagining they’d be preaching on Sundays and shepherding their flock throughout the week. But staring down evil until it backs up?…that wasn’t in the original dream. #JesusStories: Mark 3 reveals some interesting things about the selection of Jesus’ disciples. First of all, they were twelve incredibly common[…]

Nov 19, 2021. We are a week away from thanksgiving, when we will be gathering as family and friends to laugh, eat, and watch football. It is also the time when most families offer the deepest prayers of gratitude they will pray all year. And that is meaningful. #JesusStories: One day as Jesus was walking[…]

Nov. 10, 2021. Through the centuries, the gospel has had ups and downs. At times the light has burned bright as the noonday sun, only to be followed by a time when it faded to a flicker. The gospel in the West is experiencing one of those latter chapters. What do we as Christian leaders[…]

Nov. 3, 2021. Do any of us really know how Christian spirituality grows in the human heart? There is something very mysterious about the way Jesus climbs into our souls. And there is something equally mysterious about how Jesus builds his churches too. #JesusStories: In Mark 4: 26ff, Jesus explained how the Kingdom of Heaven[…]

Oct 28, 2021. We need to hear from the Lord. Not just occasionally, but in an ongoing way. Without it we are only relying on our three pound brains. In the world of epistemology, we have two inputs of knowledge available on this earth: our experiences and others experiences. That’s it! However, when we tune[…]

Oct 20, 2021. The pastors, teachers, and prophets among us are skilled to lead their people into worship and the love of the Lord. Conversely, the apostles and evangelists among us are skilled to lead people to engage in the advancement of the Kingdom of Heaven. This creates leadership tension, but both are needful. #JesusStories:[…]

Oct 13, 2021. Most of us are uncomfortable changing memorized patterns. The status quo is a powerful thing for the simple reason that it requires less mental work. Thus, humans and groups have opted for the known approaches, even when those approaches are no longer effective. #JesusStories: One day the Pharisee’s criticized Jesus’ disciples that[…]

Oct 6, 2021. Our brains play tricks on us. The modernist era taught us to process everything though the lens of logic, reason, and scientific explanations. So when we see evil at work, we try to make sense of it in left-brain terms. This cultural default leaves Christian leaders under-practiced in dealing with the uprising[…]